Ongoing Events & Activities in Portsmouth, Virginia


May through
9am – 1pm

Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers Market

Location: Corner of High and Court Streets

Held every Saturday, May through November with special markets in April and December (see website for details).  Historic district market with locally and organically grown veggies, fruits, nut, herbs, beef, chicken, eggs, seafood, artisan breads, scones, pastries, cakes, pies, jams, jellies, salsas, fresh, dried and silk flowers, soaps, lotions, pottery, arts/crafts. On Court and High Streets outside the Courthouse Galleries Courtyard.  9am – 1pm


First Friday
& Every Saturday


Friends of the Portsmouth Public Library Book Sale

Location: Portsmouth Public Library, 601 Court Street

The Main Book Sale is every Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm AND first Friday of each month, 10 am – 2 pm. Every Saturday something good is going on in Olde Towne – come spend it with us. It’s going to be fun! 601 Court Street, side entrance.


Every Saturday


S.T.E.M. Studio

Location: The Children’s Museum of Virginia

Held every Saturday, the STEM Studio is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary this February.  Over 4,000 visitors have enjoyed our hands-on activities, demonstrations, and special guests.  The STEM Studio uses STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities that are hands-on and appropriate for the entire family to do together.  The STEM Studio is included in the general admission and is open to anyone as long as space is available.  Stop by and discover for yourself what all the fun is about.  10:30 am – 12:30 pm and 2:30 – 4:30 pm every Saturday at the Children’s Museum of Virginia.  For more information please call 757-393-5258 or visit


Starting February
17- March 24
10 am – 11:30 am


Write Where You Are: A Creative Writing Workshop

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex

Fridays, February 17, 24 and March 3, 10, 17, 24

Lisa Hartz will guide participates with cues using photos, object, and ideas.  Students will share their work in a supportive and inspiring environment.  Ms. Hartz is the former Director of The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, VA and current Director of the Seven Cities Writers Project.  The cost is $130 ($120 for members).  Call 757-393-8543 to register, the deadline is 4 pm on Friday, February 10. For more information please call 757-393-8543 or visit


Every Tuesday
10:30 am


Preschool Storytime

Location: Main Library (601 Court Street)



Every Thursday
10:30 am


Preschool Storytime

Locations: Manor Branch (1401 Elmhurst Lane), Churchland Branch (4934 High Street West)

Manor Branch: 757-465-2916

Churchland Branch: 757-686-2538


March 13 – May 1
Mondays: 6-9 pm


2017 Citizens Academy

Location: Portsmouth Police Training Unit

The Portsmouth Police Department is proud to present the Citizen’s Police Academy.  This community-oriented program is designed to provide private citizens and members of the business community with an insider’s perspective of police work. 

Police Department instructors will cover a variety of topics such as Uniform Patrol duties, functions of the Criminal Investigations Unit, Crime Prevention and Community Policing.  Several hands-on classes will also be available to include firearms safety and traffic stop exercises.  Also, there will be classes that involve demonstrations from specialized units to include SWAT, K-9 and the Police Motor Squad. 

The Citizens Police Academy will ultimately assist in the reduction of crime through the forging of a partnership between the community and Police Department.  This partnership is the most practical, efficient and powerful tool in the fight against crime.  Please contact Becky Jacobs, at 757-393-8088 for more information and registration forms.


Every Thursday
11 am


Preschool Storytime

Location: Cradock Branch (28 Prospect Pkwy)



Last Tuesday
f the Month,
January – May
2:45 pm


Teen Book Group

Location: Manor Branch Library  – 757-465-2916


First Monday
of the Month
6:30 pm


Portsmouth Book Club

Location: Churchland Branch Library – 757-686-2538


Third Tuesday
of the Month
6:30 pm


The Mix Book Group

Location: Churchland Branch Library – 757-686-2538


Second and Fourth
Tuesday of the Month
6 pm


Writers Group

Location: Churchland Branch Library – 757-686-2538


Second and Fourth
Wednesday of the Month
10:30 am – 4:30 am


Veteran’s Services

Location: Churchland Branch Library


Second Tuesday
of the Month
6 pm


Basic Computer Help

Location: Main Library – 757-393-8501


First and Third
Wednesday of the Month
11 am – 3 pm


Lego Club

Location: Churchland Branch Library – 757-686-2538


Fourth Saturday
of the Month
2 pm


Lego Club

Location: Main Library  – 757-393-8501

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